Communication experts tell us that over 90 per cent of all communication is non-verbal. Learn to Swim instructors have to develop a wide range of non-verbal communication skills to help get their message across in noisy teaching environments. Instructors would have to try develop a set of group cues – hand signals to help give swimmers instructions and feedback when verbal communication (voice) can’t do the job. For example instructors :
- touch their head which could mean “Lift your head up“
- thumbs up sign could could mean “Looks good“
- touch their thigh with both hands which could mean “More kick or faster kick“
- Pointing to instructors’ elbow could mean “Work on your elbows-up position“
- palm spread could mean “Stop there.”
Once instructors develop their cues, they could publish them in their club’s, group’s newsletter, website so that everyone learns them.
That is why we’re creating SwiMMinD, a platform with powerful modules with many visual cues that would further inspire children and adults to swim .